PlayStation skipper Steve Fossett has asked his crew to be in Palm Beach, Florida, USA on 1 April to be ready for record breaking sailing.
Since retiring from The Race in January due to a broken daggarboard and mainsail problems, the 125' maxi catamaran has been in dock in Florida undergoing repairs and minor modifications. The sail difficulties have been overcome and the repaired main, solent and stay sails were delivered back to the boat last week.
Fossett announced that, after a couple of days test sailing, the first record to be attempted will be the Miami to New York passage. The record is 2 days 22 hours 50 mins 16 secs, held by Explorer, co-skippered by Bruno Peyron (France) and Cam Lewis (USA) and set on 2 June 1999.
Once in New York, PlayStation and her crew will go on weather standby for an attempt at the 11 year old West to East TransAtlantic record - 6 days 13 hours 13 mins 32 secs held by Serge Madec (France).
Further European based record sailing and an attempt on the East to West TransAtlantic are under consideration for later in 2001.
A new season has brought a few new faces to the crew of PlayStation. To join skipper Steve Fossett (and his core crew of Stan Honey (Navigator), Ben Wright (Boat Captain), Damian Foxall, Peter Hogg, Gino Morrelli (co-designer), Dave Scully and Brian Thompson) will be co designer and catamaran World Champion Pete Melvin (USA), 2 time World Champion and Olympic medallist Roland Gaebler (GER), 'Round the World sailor and TransAtlantic race winner Thomas Coville (FRA) and Sean Biddulph (UK). Candidates for a final unfilled crew spot are also under consideration.